On 2015 and Being Inspired by Women
I’ve had this draft sitting on my site for over a month now, but I think it’s important to finish and put out. I’ve reflected quite a bit on the past year, but never really fleshed out my thoughts and gave thanks to the people who made my 2015 so inspiring.
There was a lot to be thankful for in 2015. More than other years? I don’t know. But 2015 in particular was a wonderful journey. Primarily, I’m so incredibly thankful for my fiancée, Laura Carney. It was an especially good year for her. She wrote essays for magazines, recapped television shows, wrote about running, ran the New York City marathon, did a ton of work for End Distracted Driving, and was written up in a few local newspapers. She was (and still is) on fire and it’s been very inspiring. I’m incredibly thankful that I had a front-row seat for all of this, because it helped to push me in my own achievements.
I’ve learned that the energy you put into the world is the same kind of energy that comes back to you. And this was very true for Laura last year, as she found herself in contact with other women who were kicking a lot of ass. One of them, Heather Packer, is a top hairstylist in NYC who also happens to have a side project educating women in India. She is Laura’s stylist, so we had first-hand experience with the amazing things Heather was achieving. Her organization, Fearless Beauty, had a fundraiser in NYC that attracted so many charitable people who believed in what she was doing. It was amazing to see, and felt great to contribute to. I urge you to check out the Fearless Beauty website and contribute if you can. Also, Laura has written a profile of Heather and her organization for the April issue of Good Housekeeping, which should come out sometime over the next few months.
As if two inspiring women weren’t enough in my life, Laura hit the Chicago airwaves to talk to host Amy Guth about distracted driving back in December. Guth is a continuous ass kicker and has inspired me for years. But in 2015 she also launched an amazing Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a documentary that explores the online harassment of women. She raised over $50,000 (including a meager amount from me) and is currently making it happen.
I’m sure there were a lot of men around me making things happen in 2015, too. But I can’t help but be inspired the most by the women who were doing it—maybe because I’m marrying one of them and the others were linked to me through her. There’s something about these ladies and their endeavors that makes me so incredibly happy and eager to go achieve big things in my own life. I can’t wait to see what they do in 2016, and if I can’t put their inspiration to good use.